Brain foods


The newly created MIND diet, according to Morris and Colleagues, is easier to follow than the Mediterranean and DASH diets. It consists of 15 dietary components: 10 "brain-healthy food groups" and five unhealthy food groups.

Green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine make up the brain-healthy foods, while red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food are the food groups that should be limited.

Unlike the DASH and Mediterranean diets - in which high consumption of all fruits is recommended - the MIND diet focuses specifically on berries. Morris explains that blueberries and strawberries, in particular, have been hailed for their brain benefits in past research.

Use these home maintenance resources

If you need help paying for repairs to your home, you may have some community and government options. The Huffington Post has a long list here. You can also ask your local Area Agency on Aging and your utility company if they help seniors who need help with home repairs.

This list will get you started, but you can do much more for your home if you wish. This Old House has a 4-page long, detailed printable home inspection checklistLifehacker has another list that includes annual heavy cleaning chores to keep your appliances in top shape, too. It’s a good idea to declutter regularly to make downsizing easier later on, too. Keeping up your home is a lot of work, but it pays off in comfort while you live there and again when you’re ready to sell.

We’ve got more tips on winterizing your home and upgrading your home’s fire safety. Find more senior home and real estate resources at

Senior Center without Walls — Life long learning

The Senior Center without Walls Program provides on-line learning opportunities for seniors and holds four sessions a year in the Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall with classes listed in a corresponding catalogue.

Senior Center Without Walls works with the help of volunteers such as group facilitators, presenters, and instructors who are able to provide seniors with activities on a flexible schedule accessible from home or an office.A toll-free number is provided to participate in the program’s activities.

Life Care is becoming less of an option

I was at an art fair in Los Gatos, CA recently and one of the booths was from a retirement community in that city.

I spoke to the folks at the table since my books are about choosing a retirement place.  I was pleased to learn that this facility doesn’t have a buy in fee.  Their monthly fees were $5,000 which for Silicon Valley isn’t too bad.

However,they no longer offer life care.  That is, if you run out of money, they will send you somewhere else.  They used to offer it but no longer do so.  They will honor those residents who signed up when life care was offered.

As we live longer and longer, it is harder for retirement communities to keep us when we run out of money.

Does anyone have a solution?

Bio-Tech or a simple way to heal

I attended their classes Sat and Sun to learn how to do this. 

Everyone can learn Bio-Touch!  This method consists of lightly touching specific points on the body.  The combination of correct points and light touch enhances the body’s natural healing ability.

They do not know “how” it works, it just does.  They don’t charge a fee for a treatment, but they welcome donations and they never pressure you for a donation.  If you become a member, the website and training eBook has complete instructions on how to apply this touch healing technique.  

One woman in the class learned enough from the web site to help her husband after his 2nd stroke.  Another wife learned enough before the class to help her husband’s head pain. Two women came from Delaware, another from San Diego just to take this class.

Two of the founders have a live stream on Facebook every Monday at 10:00 am MST.  There’s also an archive of these programs if you can’t watch them live.

The best medical alert systems

     The Best Medical Alert Systems for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones | The Intentional Caregiver     

Medical alert systems can be (and ARE) life savers. If you’re loved one is not using one, please encourage them to do so. If they’re reluctant, you might want to encourage them by asking them if they would please do it for YOUR comfort and not just their own safety.

Retirement rankings? They’re all over the map

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What’s the best place to live in retirement? My comments are in bold…. The there’s more from this article.

I feel it has to be looked at and one has to really look inside their gut to see what feels right.  I, for one, could not go back to winter anywhere.  I’m hoping to find a low cost alternative in the sun belt when I need to move from my home.  

My current home is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath on a bus line.  Thus I can have a caretaker live in, and have transportation if I can’t drive.

New Hampshire boasts low taxes and a vital cultural climate. Mexico has warm weather and a low cost of living. The Provo-Orem metropolitan area of Utah, with about 115,000 residents, promises an outdoorsy lifestyle, proximity to Salt Lake City and plenty of opportunities to take classes at local colleges.

All three were the top suggestions in recent retirement location rankings. And there are more studies — actually, many, many more. Bert Sperling, the founder of a website that ranks placesacross the United States based on quality-of-life factors, keeps a running tab of best-places-to-retire surveys, and he counts nearly 40 of them. Media and personal finance websites, think tanks and even insurance companies produce rankings.

The quality varies, Mr. Sperling said: “Some are very analytical, and others are casual in their approach, with little justification provided for their choices.”


At a recent talk at Tucson Medical Center, TMC, a presentation by Jill Jones She shared a 3 minute meditation: Focus on your Breath, after the first full breath say 3, after each full breath ad 3, breath in , breath out 3, breath out 6, …

Keep going for 3 minutes.  This engages Working Memory, Improves Attention, Boosts Memory.  

Try it, at most you’ll waste 3 minutes .. at best your memory will improve

Shoulder Pain could implicate your heart

A new study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that individuals with symptoms that put them at increased risk for heart disease could be more likely to have shoulder problems, including joint pain and rotator cuff injury.

“If someone has rotator cuff problems, it could be a sign that there is something else going on. They may need to manage risk factors for heart disease,” says the study’s lead author Kurt Hegmann, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Director of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. The research was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.